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Ziggy Marley to headline WOMADelaide 2020

It’s official, superstar and eight-time Grammy winner, Ziggy Marley will be performing in Adelaide’s Botanic Park as part of the highly anticipated WOMADelaide.

Ziggy Marley, Laura Marling, and Kate Miller-Heidke | image supplied

Inspired by his father, reggae legend Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley has gone on to release eight records with The Melody Makers and seven solo albums, four of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae Album Charts. Amongst his many awards is a Grammy for Best Children’s Album for his first children’s album Family Time in 2009 and a daytime Emmy for his track I Love You Too, which shares its title with his 2012 debut children’s book.

Marley will be accompanied by a dynamic lineup of international artists including modern folk singer-songwriter Laura Marling from the UK. Winner of the 2011 Brit Awards for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best New Artist at the 2011 NME awards, Marling has gone on to release seven studio albums. Her maiden performance at WOMADelaide will be a stripped-back solo set.

Australia’s 2019 Eurovision darling, Kate Miller-Heidke, who effortlessly glides between the worlds of contemporary pop, folk and opera is also scheduled to perform. She has previously graced the Festival Theatre and Ukaria Cultural Centre as part of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Miller-Heidke turned her hand to music theatre composition in recent years, and will be performing a diverse set at WOMADelaide,

“WOMADelaide plays host to an incredible program of traditional and contemporary music, arts and dance from around the world. Being able to bring together such diverse artforms – from spiritual and trance music to folk and funk music, contemporary dance and theatrical site performances and circus – in the space of only four days, in such a beautiful environment, is what keeps this festival so vibrant.  It is a one-of-a-kind event and our 21st edition is no exception.”

Ian Scobie, WOMADelaide Director
Foundation Stage WOMADelaide | photo by Morgan Sette

It is set to live up to its name with a world of musicians on display from Japan, Spain, France, Scotland, NZ, and Canada to name a few. Australia is well-represented with acts such as Briggs, Craig Walsh, Deline Briscoe, Crates, Stellie, and Super Rats. View the full WOMADelaide 2020 Lineup here.

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